DNA leads to arrest in cold case murders of two Alabama girls, reports say

[Courtesy of: Fox News Channel https://www.foxnews.com/us/dna-leads-to-arrest-in-cold-case-murders-of-two-alabama-girls-reports-say]

March 17/2019

A man was arrested Saturday in the cold case killings of two 17-year-old Alabama girls 20 years ago — one of Alabama’s highest-profile cold cases, according to reports.

Cops investigating the deaths of high school seniors Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley in Ozark, Ala., got a break when DNA and a search of a public genealogy website linked Coley McCraney, 45, to the crime, local media reported.

Investigators found their bodies in the trunk of J.B.’s car on Aug. 1, 1999, a day after their families reported them missing. The girls were going to a birthday party for J.B. when they disappeared, the Dothan Eagle reported.

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One of the girls was raped.

The search of the genealogy website was conducted using DNA from the crime scene, according to the paper.

Mug shot for Coley McCraney, 45.

Mug shot for Coley McCraney, 45. (Dale County Jail)

The newspaper quoted Tracie’s mother as saying at a vigil on the tenth anniversary of the murders that she prayed every day law enforcement would come up with answers.

 

 

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